Tech giant Stephen Elop returns to McMaster

McMaster University announced Monday that the former alumnus and Microsoft and Nokia executive has been named the distinguished engineering executive in residence at the school’s faculty of engineering.

Elop previously held high ranking positions at Microsoft and Nokia

In this July 11, 2013 file photo, then-Nokia CEO Stephen Elop shows the company's Nokia Lumia 1020, in New York. Elop has been named the distinguished engineering executive in residence at McMaster University's faculty of engineering. (The Associated Press)

Technology maven Stephen Elop is coming home.

McMaster University announced Monday that the former alumnus and Microsoft and Nokia executive has been named the distinguished engineering executive in residence at the school's faculty of engineering.

It's an advisory position, the school says, where he'll give insights into new research and teaching opportunities, as well as helping to "translating academic knowledge to a wider audience."

He'll give lectures twice as year, as well as sit on the dean's advisory council and act as an advisor to the dean. Elop will also "advocate on Mac's behalf with tech companies," the school says.

"McMaster Engineering has a long tradition of great innovation in both learning and research," Elop said in a statement. "I am honored to accept a position which will allow me to support McMaster's continuing effort to educate and inspire tomorrow's leaders."

Elop is from Ancaster, and has served as the executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group, the president and CEO of Nokia and president of Worldwide Field Operations at Adobe.

He's an alumnus of the McMaster Computer Engineering and Management Program, where he graduated in 1986. The faculty also awarded him with an honorary doctor of science degree in 2009.

"Stephen Elop is a world-class leader in the technology sphere who brings a wealth of experience to McMaster University," said Ishwar Puri, McMaster's dean of engineering, in a statement.

"The faculty is thrilled that Stephen has accepted this exciting and challenging position that will elevate McMaster Engineering's creative and innovative efforts on the international stage."

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